SEPANG: The first batch of 104 tourists from China arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) here this morning to a grand welcome ceremony led by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to kick off Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
The China Eastern airlines' plane, which touched down at the airport at 12.30am on New Year’s Day, flew in with 200 passengers, including the group of Chinese tourists from Shanghai.
The grand welcome reception at KLIA with bunga manggar and gamelan music is one of a series of meet-and-greet ceremonies for Malaysia’s first visitors for the new year in several airports and entry points including in Kuching and Miri in Sarawak, Langkawi, Johor and Negri Sembilan.
In his speech, Tengku Adnan said he hoped that Malaysia would be the preferred destination for tourists from China and other countries.
Visitors arriving at KLIA can look forward to being entertained by a variety of traditional dances as well as a demonstration of local games and the making of teh tarik until Friday.
Over at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal, foreign and local passengers on the Cebu Pacific flight from the Philippines had a pleasant surprise when they touched down at 12.45am.
Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, who greeted them at the runway, presented them with necklaces and souvenirs.
Most of the foreign passengers on the flight did not know about the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign, but expressed excitement about the programmes in store for them.
Source : STAR
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